Please help! WR 400 going in gear but acts like neutral?

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  • Cody Meadows

Posted November 16, 2014 - 02:10 PM


A few weeks ago I broke the kick start up inside, on my WR 400. It would kick but the kick start wouldn't spring back up. As soon as I did this I asked my buddy to take a look at it and he kicked it and started it. It was making a racket so he killed the engine. To kill the engine on my bike there isn't a kill switch so he had to put it in gear, hold the brake, and stall it. I took my bike directly from there to a motorcycle mechanic. He fixed the kick start but said the transmission was bad because now when the bike is put in to gear its like it's in neutral. When I dropped it off at the mechanic shop I had to put the bike in neutral to roll it off my truck. It wouldn't roll in gear. Plus like I said my buddy stalled it (in gear) after I broke the kick start so I know it had gears when I dropped it off to get the kick start fixed. I go to pick it up my bike at the shop and all gears are like neutral. I can put it in any gear and without the clutch pulled in the bike will roll. I think the guy has put something back together wrong or something. Does anyone have a clue what the problem might be? Please help!!

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  • William1

Posted November 16, 2014 - 05:19 PM


Sounds to me like

1) Your bike needs proper care (no offense but...)

2) The mechaic messed up the shift mechanisim when resetting the kicker.



Was it a real shop or 'some guy with pliers'?

  • Cody Meadows

Posted November 17, 2014 - 05:27 AM


* To be honest I have never even rode this bike. I had literally just traded my RM 250 for it the day before I broke the kick start. I know the bike was fine the day before when I traded because I tested it out at the guy's house. I've read online where the WRs are bad for kick start issues and I have never had a big 4 stroke with this amount of compression. I weigh 265 so I guess with the compression and all my weight coming down is what broke it.

* The mechanic was refered by a friend but no it wasn't a yamaha dealer or anything like that. This guy works on bikes in his garage. I figured he knew what he was doing because when I dropped my bike off he had a bunch of other bikes there that he was working on. So other people must trust him to fix their stuff. Leason learned.


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